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Growing Beattie Leeds Team Adds More Recruits

Wednesday, 07 August 2013

Leading public relations, social media and digital marketing agency Beattie Communications has expanded its Leeds team with the appointment of two new members of staff.

Michael Sargood and Matthew Fraser have been appointed as account manager and PR assistant in two newly created roles.

Michael has more than nine years’ PR and communications experience with in-house and agency roles predominantly in the property, infrastructure and public sector.

After gaining a post-graduate diploma in print journalism, Michael entered public relations, working as assistant communications manager for Liverpool Land Development Company – one of two bodies tasked with delivering major regeneration projects acrossLiverpoolin advance of its year of European Capital of Culture 2008.

He later moved to Yorkshire and was appointed media relations manager for electricity network operatorNorthern Powergrid. The role saw him manage the company’s media response during widespread power outages, fatalities on the company’s network as well as protecting its reputation during a protracted period of industrial action by its workforce.

He then furthered his experience of the development and energy sectors with aLeedsstakeholder engagement agency, working to support planning applications for clients such as National Grid, Sainsbury’s (property communications), Clean Power, and Oakgate (Monks Cross) Ltd.

Matthew secured his role, while completing his PR degree atLeedsBeckettUniversity. He impressed the Beattie team during work experience throughout his second year. His thirst for knowledge and unrivalled passion for web marketing and social media mean he is a valuable addition to the team.

Danielle Bishop, senior account director at Beattie Communication’s Leeds office, said: “Michael and Matthew are two strong additions to ourLeedsoffice.

“We are delighted to be growing our team, when other agencies are standing still. Over the past 12 months, we have created campaigns and produced stand-out results for established clients such as Specsavers, Land Securities and easyJet as well as bringing new clients into the portfolio such as The Federation of Small Businesses and Hawes & Curtis.

“We have ambitious growth plans and our recent move to our new viaduct offices at Church Walk inLeedswas the first step in realising our growth strategy.

The larger office gives us the flexibility to expand the team further. We’re currently recruiting for two brand new roles – a senior account manager and PR account director. These key appointments will further strength the senior team and act as a launch pad for further stage of growth.”

Beattie Communications has eight offices in the UK including London, Manchester and Glasgow. In addition, the company has an international network spanning 40 countries. Its specialist teams cover 14 industry sectors including retail, property and health.